The Walking Dead: Season 7 (2016 - 2017)


Season 7
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Critics Consensus

Increased character depth and effective world-building helps The Walking Dead overcome a tiresome reliance on excessive, gratuitous violence.



Critic Ratings: 12


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User Ratings: 2123
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Air date: Oct 23, 2016
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Season 7 of the post-apocalyptic drama deals with the aftermath of the previous season's ending: Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) kills two beloved characters and breaks Rick (Andrew Lincoln) spiritually and Daryl (Norman Reedus) physically. Ultimately, the group of survivors can't do anything else but agree to work for Negan and his Saviors. Meanwhile, Morgan (Lennie James) and Carol (Melissa McBride) find themselves in the Kingdom, a community run by King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) that seems safe and welcoming. At Alexandria, people try to live their lives as always, though Negan's barbaric rule worries everybody. Elsewhere, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) go to the Hilltop to recover from the ordeal and to check on Maggie's pregnancy. The rest of the season is all about the three communities coming together and taking on Negan's army in an all-out war.


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Critic Reviews for The Walking Dead Season 7

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

New Best Friends won't be on anyone's all-time favourite list, but it's engaging nonetheless.

Feb 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Jeffrey Dean Morgan's portrayal of Negan embodied everything I love in a villain.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

It used to be a great show that used violence as a way to advance compelling storylines. Now it's just violent, sadistic and repulsive.

Oct 27, 2016 | Full Review…

It was TWD's way of saying that seven seasons in, it's still got a lotta killin' to do, so hang in there.

Oct 24, 2016 | Full Review…

The most devastating episode in the history of The Walking Dead also vaults the show forward with more momentum than ever before.

Oct 23, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

If AMC wants The Walking Dead to last for years to come, as its producers say, it needs to kill Negan, and quickly. And it needs to learn from the mistakes it made during his seemingly endless tenure on the series.

Oct 21, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's fair to say that most of the episodes are merely filler, stretching out a season that doesn't have nearly enough material to fill an entire 16 episodes.

Aug 22, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Season seven of The Walking Dead has been for me one of deep emotions and trauma, and in my mind at an unprecedented level ... We all suffer from the need for extensive therapy and oh, yeah, closure.

Mar 28, 2017 | Full Review…

The Walking Dead is at impasse itself right now, and it's doubtful that the series will be able to sustain itself before it's either outright eaten or blown to kingdom come.

Feb 13, 2017 | Full Review…

It can be dull, or miserable, but not both -- and definitely not for this long.

Nov 29, 2016 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Walking Dead: Season 7

  • Jul 14, 2019
    Not really my favorite season, there are some unnecessary episodes like the one with Tara magically arriving at a lesbian community, I mean it looks like writers ran out of ideas and just jumped into the woke wagon to score some wokeness points.
  • Jun 21, 2019
    This season has one of the slowest paced stories that the show has ever seen. Little happens on the outside from what we see, but lots is happening to the characters on the inside because of the recent traumatic event that the just experienced. Not a good season to watch if you watch the show for the violcence, fighting and action (Except for the first and last episodes.) but a good season for the characters overall development from the events that changed them forever.
  • May 08, 2019
    It used to be so much better
  • Feb 26, 2019
    Nahh. Too torture to watch.
  • Feb 13, 2019
    Itâ??s Great gut renching stuff
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Now personally I’m not the Biggest Fan Of TWD & I fucking HaTeD seasons 2 & 6 but despite the fact that I don’t think that Walking Dead is as brilliant as everyone says it is even tho it is solid Season 7 was a Stand Out To Me as I thought it was Solid Overall & every episode is somewhere in the 7/10 range for me in terms of Ratings. Whether you agree or not is completely subjective & opinion based but I think we can all agree The 7th Series was Way Better that the 2nd & 6th Ones BTW Here’s my ranking of every season from Worst To Best 9) Season 2 8) Season 6 7) Season 9 6) Season 8 5) Season 7 4) Season 3 3) Season 1 2) Season 4 1) Season 5
  • Jan 02, 2019
    Poor - Negan nonsense
  • Dec 31, 2018
    At this point, "The Walking Dead" isn't faring too well, but still amounts to a solid show with powerful moments. Season 8 of this drama series brings an all-out war. Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Ezekiel (Khary Payton) all rally their respective groups to fight against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his forces, in order to live a better life. But Negan's squad, The Saviors, are better-equipped and more experienced, so the battle for freedom will be paved with casualties and tragedy. The infamous Negan. This is the season that we've built up to. This is the season where all the talk turns into reality. This is the season where...I'm drunk, so sorry for any typos. Anyways, I can see why "The Walking Dead" is still one of the most popular shows. It's still really good and it still has many things it does well. However, this is where it's feeling like the episodes are starting to drag, and the franchise loses its direction. One thing I think the franchise does well is keep its consistency by exceling with its dialogue. The writers have nailed the concept of show don't tell. But along with that, they've also nailed dialogue. I think the dialogue is always one of the strongest parts of the franchise. However, I don't love Negan. I honestly don't think he's that good of a villain. He's all talk, and no show, so that's where my conflict comes in. Apart from him, the dialogue and the writing is always so powerful. This is where we start getting into episodes that feel like they drag. I think there were a lot of filler episodes in here; and when I say that, I mean they had no purpose. One of the perks to television writing is the ability to expand upon countless characters and arks, allowing you to soak in each person more. However, I was disinterested for the most part. It felt like some arks were at a standstill and I didn't feel like there was a lot of drive behind a lot of the choices within the season. Look, "The Walking Dead" is still a really good TV show. I think it's simultaneously underrated and overrated. It's still one of the highest grossing shows, and for good reason. However, this season felt so jumbled. It never felt like there was a clear direction and I wasn't able to develop an emotional connection with the characters like I've come to expect with previous seasons. In the end, I think this season was just okay. Like seasons before, it had its awesome moments. But unlike most other seasons, this one was a drag at times, struggling to give us a reason to care.
  • Dec 26, 2018
    Wasn't pleased with the beginning of the season but felt it picked up thr pace to deliver a satisfying effort after what I felt was a slow season 6.
  • Dec 08, 2018
    I have only one complain. The show is very, very slow paced.

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